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Tour de Yorkshire start and finish points to be unveiled

The start and finish points for the 2016 Tour de Yorkshire will be announced today by Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive, Sir Gary Verity.

Sir Bradley Wiggins tackles the Cote de Cow and Calf during the 2015 Tour de Yorkshire Credit: Press Association

Building on a successful launch to Yorkshire's own international cycling event in May of this year, it is rumoured that organisers will take the race to parts of the region which have so far missed out on cycling action.

The start and finish points for 2016 will be announced at 11:45am.


Rhinos hoping three is their magic number ahead of Grand Final clash

They say things come in threes and the Leeds Rhinos will be hoping that is the case this weekend as they go in search of a third major trophy in a matter of weeks.

The Rhinos will become only the third side in Super League history to win the treble if they beat Wigan in the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

Click below to watch Chris Dawkes' report on their strange relationship with the number three ahead of Saturday's showpiece final:

Massey agrees Tigers extension

Nathan Massey has agreed a new four-year extension with the club Credit: Castleford Tigers

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Nathan Massey has agreed a new four-year extension with the club.

The new deal will keep the forward at the Tigers until the end of the 2019 season.

Massey joined the Tigers’ at the young age of 15 and has risen through the Tigers youth ranks before making his first team debut in 2007. He cemented his place in the Tigers first team after appearing in every game of the 2013 season. Injuries in 2014 derailed his development but he bounced back with a solid 2015 where he appeared in 22 games scoring two tries. The 26 year old loose forward has played over 100 times for the Tigers in Super League and is delighted to be staying with his only professional club for the foreseeable future:

"I’m over the moon to finally have this deal sorted and in the bag! There have been lots of rumours about me leaving the club but that has never crossed my mind. Despite having interest from here and overseas Cas is the place I want to be at. I’m extremely proud to play for this club and I’m sure in the next few years silverware will be coming our way. I’m excited at the prospect of the coming season and can’t wait to get stuck into pre season."

– Nathan Massey

Doncaster Belles unveil plans for UK's first elite women's facility

Women's football team the Doncaster Belles have unveiled ambitious plans to build the UK's first dedicated elite women's training facility.

Artist's Impression

Named the Belle Vue Belles, the facility will incorporate five grass and artificial pitches, a physiotherapy room, an indoor heated pool, a gym and residential rooms.

The club, who won promotion to Super League 1, the top division of the women's game, have also revealed that approximately 10 players will be given full time professional contracts.

Minute's applause in memory of Hull runner ahead of Yorkshire Marathon

A minute’s applause is to be held before the start of October’s Plusnet Yorkshire Marathon in memory of runner David Colley who sadly died at the Great North Run last month.

A minute's applause will be held for David Colley at the Yorkshire Marathon

Up to 10,000 runners will remember David, 58, from Hull, who, but for his untimely death, would have been taking part in the event.

David’s daughters Sarah and Emily will take part in the event’s 10 Mile race as a tribute to their father and to raise money for the British Heart Foundation.

Along with Emily, David had already taken part in the Run For All Yorkshire Season Ticket this year – Leeds, York and Hull 10Ks – and was due to take part in what would have been his first marathon in York on October 11th.

Our dad was a wonderful man who was taken from us far too soon. We have been overwhelmed by the support from everyone, especially the running community, and wish to express our most heartfelt thanks for this at this very difficult time.

– David's daughter, Sarah


Former Bull Sykes signs for hometown club

Former Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls utility back Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season.

Paul Sykes has signed for Dewsbury Rams for the 2016 season Credit: Press Association

The 34-year-old has scored more than 1500 points in his career and helped Featherstone Rovers lift the Championship Shield on Sunday bagging another 16 points.

Sykes will join his former teammate and Ram's coach Glenn Morrison at the Championship side.

I’m really pleased to sign for my hometown club

I spoke to Glenn about joining. He’s someone I’ve known for a while from our time together at Bradford and Wakefield.

We discussed my plans and in the end I was delighted to be able to join Dewsbury.

– Paul Sykes

Torrential rain calls off all-Yorkshire cup clash

Bradford City's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Yorkshire rivals, Barnsley, was abandoned five minutes before kick off due to the heavy rain that swept across the country last night.

Match officials ruled that parts of the Valley Parade pitch were left unplayable after the downpour, with the ball neither rolling or bouncing when tested.

Referee, Trevor Kettle, made the decision shortly before 8pm, after the kick off had been delayed in the hope the weather would clear, and that the waterlogged pitch would have a chance to drain.

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